Watching TV will also be expensive
If you like to watch TV, you should know that the bills of TV channels are going to increase from December 01. The country’s leading broadcasting networks Zee, Star, Sony and Viacom 18 have excluded some channels from their bookies, which could cost TV viewers up to 50% more.
These prices are rising due to the implementation of the new tariff order of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
It may be recalled that in March 2017, TRAI had issued a new Tariff Order (NTO) regarding the prices of TV channels. NTO 2.0 was then released on January 1, 2020. Because of this, all the networks are changing the prices of their channels as per NTO 2.0. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) believed that NTO 2.0 would give viewers the option and freedom to choose and pay for the channels they want to watch.
Find out what the reason is
The monthly value of the channel offered in the book of Broadcasting Networks was kept between Rs 15-25. But in TRAI’s new tariff order, the minimum has been fixed at Rs 12. In such a situation, it can be very detrimental for the channels to offer most of their channels for only Rs. To mitigate this loss, the network has thought of ways to increase the prices of some popular channels by removing them from the book
How much will it cost?
Viewers will have to pay 35 to 50 per cent more to watch popular channels like Star Plus, Colors, Zee TV, Sony and some regional channels. Taking a look at the new prices, if a viewer wants to continue watching Star and Disney India channels instead of Rs 49 per month, it will cost Rs 69 for the same number of channels.
For Sony, it will cost Rs 71 per month instead of Rs 39. It will cost Rs 49 per month instead of Rs 39 for ZEE and Rs 39 per month instead of Rs 25 for Viacom 18 channels.